December 11, 2014
With travel to Asia becoming increasingly popular, Waygo has made it their mission in life to help language learners, tourists, and business travelers experience the culture just like a local would. The name of the app itself is derived from the Chinese pinyin word for foreign country, and users simply wave their smartphone camera over street signs, menus, or daily items for live translations.
The platform supports Chinese and Japanese to English translations, and recently the team announced that they would also be adding Korean to the instant translation app. The decision was made to support the nearly 12 million travelers who visit Korea each year.
Additionally, Waygo announced a new photo translation feature that allows users to translate phrases and words directly from a picture in addition to text. All of this was rolled out alongside a fresh design that supports multi-line translations.
“Korea is experiencing booming travel growth. We’re thrilled that our app will now allow travelers to explore the country with new eyes,” says Ryan Rogowski, CEO and co-founder of Waygo. “The addition of our image translation feature will also enhance users’ experience and help travelers in Japan, China and Korea break down language barriers and truly travel like a local.”
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